In a diverse and constantly changing society, the issue of censoring classic literatures has long been controversial; does the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn perpetuate racism, or does it have literature value? The contentious novel is criticized by the Concord Public Library as "more suited for slums than to intelligent, respectable people," and commended by American writer Hemingway as "all modern American literatures comes from that one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." The highly debated arguments make it one of the most controversial novel in American literature. Many valid points are made between the language and literary discrimination and realistic historical depiction. In either case, the novel by Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has dramatically opened the door to challenging the personal issue of racism versus a classic American novel. .
Is it fair to compare language in today's society to the spoken language during the 1840s? African American students and their parents do not believe that the racial slur in the novel such as "nigger," that occurs throughout the entire novel, should be exposed in literature. They believe the "N-word" usage in the novel promotes slave-era stereotypes and racism. Both African Americans students and parents find it tremendously offensive and are adamant in taking the novel out of class curriculums and libraries. Parents of black students also are worried that in reading the controversial novel in schools, the consequences are African American students will lose their self-confidence and even threats of harassment from white students will occur as declared by Judge Reinhardth, "reading books causes evil conduct" (Bob Egelko). .
In comparison, many historians and teachers proclaim that the highly sensitive racial slurs that occur in the novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, are in context because of its historical accuracy.